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I am a college mathematics professor with East Los Angeles Community College by night and a trial/corporate restructuring attorney by day.


I worked for a high volume restructuring law firm where I gained a tremendous amount of experience restructuring companies. I then trained with a lower volume firm where my focus was on quality and technique.


My clients include companies and individuals reorganizing through bankruptcy, creditors, Chapter 7 Trustees, and distressed asset investors. I have experienced bankruptcy through the lens of each of these players in the bankruptcy process which gives me unparalleled insight into how best to deal with them.


If you’re looking for an efficient and aggressive attorney, you have come to the right place. I have teamed up with a group of attorneys that I trust and have verified will do a good job. While my focus is on everything related to bankruptcy, through these attorneys I am able to provide my clients with all the benefits of a large firm without the large firm price tag.


Languages spoken: Armenian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 34%
    5 years
  2. General Practice: 33%
    5 years
  3. Litigation: 33%
    5 years



Hourly ($250-450/hour), contingent (30-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr

    I was lucky enough to have a young lawyer Michael sit next to me when we were volunteering for Public Counsel and assisting in answering questions for a room full of about 30 indigent debtors who had turned to Public Counsel for help in filing their own bankruptcies. That was a little more than a year ago. Since that time, I have seen him at the Public Counsel Help desk solving the problems of a great many indigent people seeking bankruptcy advice. Michael is also an enthusiastic and aggressive player in high end bankruptcy matters and is an integral part of the bankruptcy community in Southern California. He has a technical mathematics background and combines it with a loyalty to his bankruptcy clients to give them the best of his high capabilities. I'm pleased to see people with his dedication in the bankruptcy community, and I VERY HIGHLY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSE MICHAEL. Michael will form the core of the Southern California Bankruptcy elite for many decades to come.


    Curtis Harrington Tax Attorney
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  • James Donald Garrett

    Michael Avanesian is a talented and well respected bankruptcy attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law, truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    James Garrett Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Avanesian Law Firm

801 N. Brand Blvd.
Suite #1130
Glendale, CA, 91203


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Best Californian Lawyer - BankruptcyAcquisition International2014
Certificate of Appreciation for Inspiring StudentsEast Los Angeles College2014
2013 Honor Roll of Pro Bono VolunteersUnited States Bankruptcy Court2014
2012 Honor Roll of Pro Bono VolunteersUnited States Bankruptcy Court2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Featured Chapter 11 AttorneyAvvo2013
Top Contributor 2013Avvo2013
Top Contibutor for 2012Avvo2012
Excellence for the Future: AntitrustCali2010
Academic Excellence in BankruptcyWitkin2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAvanesian Law Firm2015 - Present
Professor of MathematicsEast Los Angeles College2007 - Present
Associate AttorneySimon Resnik Hayes LLP2015 - 2015
PartnerAvanesian Law Firm2015 - 2015
Of CounselLaw Offices Of David A Tilem2014 - 2015
AssociateLaw Offices Of David A Tilem2012 - 2014
AssociateLaw Offices Of Michael Jay Berger2012 - 2012
Professor of MathematicsCalifornia State University Los Angeles2005 - 2007
Quality AssuranceTeleTech1998 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
James T. King Bankruptcy American Inn of CourtBoard of Trustees2015 - Present
The Esquire NetworkMember2015 - Present
Glendale Bar AssociationAssociate Member2015 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLawyer Referral Service Advisory Committee2014 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy SectionAttorney Member2012 - Present
Southern California Bankruptcy American Inn of CourtAttorney Member2012 - Present
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Central District California Bankruptcy CourtBench/Bar Ad Hoc Committee2014 - 2015
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy SectionBankruptcy Subcommittee Member2013 - 2016
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re I & J Enterprises, Inc .: Case # 2:11-BK-48423-TDSuccessfully dismissed the bankruptcy after the restaurant had reorganized.
In Re Hoskins Enterprises, Inc .: Case # 1:11-bk-15148-GMThis Chapter 11 Case was successfully confirmed.
In re xxxx xxxxx .: Case No # 1:10-bk-23818-GMThis Chapter 11 Case was successfully confirmed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
California State University, Los AngelesMathematicsMS - Master of Science2007
California Institute of TechnologyComputer ScienceUnits transferred to CSULA mathematics program2007
California State University, Los AngelesComputer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Joint Inn of Court with SCBIC and JPRMIPAICFraudulent transfers of intellectual property in a bankruptcy2013
American Inns of CourtFirst Day Motions in Chapter 112013
Mathematics 559Decentralized Dynamical Systems2007

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